Before winter hits North Texas hard, you should call in a heating repair company in Plano, TX to inspect your home heating system. The company you call with likely check your filter, ducts, vents and wiring. But they should also check your thermostat to make sure that it’s working properly because your thermostat is vital to your system and it tells your furnace when to turn on and off and how warm to make your home. When your heating repair technician in Plano, TX is checking your thermostat, ask him about replacing your old thermostat with a programmable one.
Using a programmable thermostat can save you money on your winter heating bills by adjusting the temperature inside your home when you’re asleep or when you’re away for extended periods of time. With a programmable thermostat, you can store multiple daily settings that you can easily override manually. The U.S. Department of Energy says that if you set your thermostat to 68℉ while you’re awake and in the house and then program it 10℉ to 15℉ lower for the 8-hour periods you’re asleep or at work, you can save 5 to 15 percent a year on your heating bills. If you live in a milder climate like ours, your savings will be on the higher end.
Many people think that turning heat down while they’re away from home or asleep makes it harder for the system to warm their houses up again once they wake up or return home and that they would lose energy savings but this is a common misconception. The reality is that as soon as your house drops below its normal temperature, it will lose energy to the outside environment more slowly. The lower the temperature inside your home, the slower the heat will be lost. As long as your home remains at a lower temperature, the more energy you’ll save when the system heats back up because your house will have lost less energy than it would have at a higher temperature setting.
Programmable thermostats can be digital, electromechanical or a combination of the two. Digital thermostats have the most features like multiple heat/cool settings, overrides and adjustments for daylight savings time. These can be somewhat difficult to program so if your heating repair company in Plano, TX installs the thermostat for you, ask for an explanation of the features and how to program it. And make sure the technician installs your thermostat on an interior wall away from direct sunlight, doorways, windows and drafts to ensure accurate readings. It should be located where natural air currents, rising warm air and sinking cool air, occur.
To get your pre-season heater checkup, call Chrome Heating & Air Conditioning at 469-238-8104. At Chrome, our technicians can install a new, programmable thermostat that will save you money this winter. Visit www.chromeairconditioning.com to read more about our services and to find valuable coupons.
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